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October First Friday: Mourning

  • Lynchburg Museum 901 Court Street Lynchburg, VA, 24504 United States (map)

The Museum will display pieces from its collection of mourning items. Admission to the Museum is FREE.

In the Victorian era, people followed strict and elaborate mourning rituals. A person’s clothing and home were an outward display of their grief and signaled to society that they had lost a loved one. These heavily regulated customs began with the death of Prince Albert in 1861 when Queen Victoria went deep into mourning and the English speaking world followed suit. The Lynchburg Museum will feature items from this time including clothing, mourning cards, fans, and jewelry. On display will be a dress worn during the Civil War era that was transformed into a mourning garment when the wearer suffered a personal loss. Also on display will be a brooch with real human hair and a postmortem tintype of a child.

All materials will remain on display throughout the weekend.

 Mourning Fan, ca. 1900

Mourning Fan, ca. 1900

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21st Annual Day at the Point